7 December 2015
WYTHE, George (1726-1806) Signer, Virginia. Autograph endorsement signed (“G.o Wythe”), 26 April 1800. 3 pages, folio. Endorsed on final page of a pleading in the case of James Byrnside v. John Wilson, on a claim against Wilson as executor of the estate of James Ewing. Wilson seeks an injunction staying Byrnside’s proceeding.
A FINE EXAMPLE OF WYTHE’S METICULOUS AND ARTFUL HAND AND SIGNATURE, as he grants Wilson’s application: “The injunction is awarded on the usual terms.” Wythe, in addition to the distinction of being a Signer of the Declaration, was a law professor and mentor for young Thomas Jefferson. Wythe would be murdered in 1806 by a mentally unbalanced family relation who poisoned him with arsenic.
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